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Friday, July 16, 2010

International Justice Day on July 17

Yes!! There is a system of international criminal justice. July 17th is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that offered the International Criminal Court (ICC). On the international Justice Day’s website, you can read this slogan: “July 17th will be a day of ACTION, REFLECTION, and most importantly, CELEBRATION!”

The ICC was adopted at a diplomatic conference in Rome on 17 July 1998 and was implemented on July 1, 2002. About 111 states are members of the statute. However we must know that as of March 2010, the members make up all of Europe and South America, and about half the countries in Africa. This international “political country club” on justice only account for a minority of the world's population according to Wikipedia. In addition 37 states have signed but not ratified the Rome Statute. On top of this— Israel, Sudan and the United States — have "unsigned" the Rome Statute. Russia, china and India did not sign the statute.

Oh well, July 17 is a celebration of international Justice! And the international court is dealing with the situations in Kenya, Congo, Uganda, Sudan and Central African Republic. On a last note, ICC is recruiting African female lawyers. Go sisters; please go fight for international Justice, so we can keep on celebrating. 

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